[From EQO] EQO Communications, a pioneer in mobile internet phone services, today announced the launch of EQO Mobile, a groundbreaking new service that lets users make international long distance calls and exchange IM and text messages on their mobile phones at local calling and messaging rates. People using EQO save up to 95% on all international calls and enjoy free calling and "texting" with other EQO users. EQO's new service is remarkably simple to use, sparing people from calling cards, complicated dialing or callback scenarios. EQO Mobile is powered by a small, sophisticated software application that makes calling as easy as using as a standard phone address book. The application is free to download and installs itself automatically. EQO Mobile allows users to leverage their existing contact lists to build a network of EQO contacts and to easily invite these contacts to also use EQO. "It has become much more common for consumers to use their mobile phones for talking, even when there is a landline alternative. Unfortunately, mobile users who have friends and family spread out across the globe have few choices from their wireless carriers for affordable international long distance calling," said Jill Aldort, senior analyst for Yankee Group. "Mobile VoIP solutions such as EQO's offer international long distance calling for significant savings over the rates that wireless carriers offer. These services will appeal to those consumers who need to make frequent international long distance phone calls." According to Insight Research, the worldwide international calling market reached $300 billion in 2006, with International VoIP revenues forecasted to reach $87 billion this year.
"We developed the new EQO Mobile to satisfy a long unfulfilled need for consumers and business professionals -- to make international mobile calling and messaging more affordable and convenient," said EQO Chief Executive Officer Bill Tam. "We've made it extremely easy for consumers to get EQO Mobile, create a calling and messaging network of friends, and make calls intuitively without having to worry about the costs."
EQO Mobile's compelling features include:
-- Savings of up to 95% on international calls
-- Free calls and text messages with other online EQO users
-- Text messages to regular mobiles at savings of up to 70%;
-- Free IM chat using MSN, Yahoo, AIM, GoogleTalk, ICQ and Jabber
-- Easy to use
- Uses current phone and plan
- No new numbers to remember
- No computer needed
- No complicated callback scenarios
Currently EQO supports hundreds of mainstream mobile handsets (for a complete list, visit http://www.eqo.com/supported_phones.php) and will initially be available in the following 20 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Consumers in these countries can download the software and create a network of EQO Contacts in any EQO-supported country, as well as call virtually anywhere else in the world at rates up to 95% less than traditional calling rates.
For more information and to download EQO Mobile for free, visit http://www.eqo.com.